Healthy & Hearty Turkey Chili

I love fall!  Here comes the warm, feel good meals along with football and family outings. I try to be the kind of mom who feeds my family as healthy and tastefully as possible! I try not to sacrifice taste for healthy.  So sometimes I have to find small ways to cut down or cut out bad stuff and increase the good stuff.

Chili is not so bad to begin with, other than the salt.  “Salt is the devil”, I was once told. Bread is his sister, lol. So I came up with this recipe for a crock pot or any pot really.

You can use all your favorite (healthier or not) brands in here which will make the meal more appealing and encourage continued healthy meals.  I would try to find products with lower salt content and higher fiber.  Jennie-O has really been stepping up their game.  They have lean ground turkey, in a variety of seasonings, that I used for this chili.

That is a really good way to start eating better.  I hope your family loves this as ours does!

Hearty Turkey Chili

Hearty Turkey Chili

 

 

Healthy & Hearty Turkey Chili
 
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Healthy, comfort food your family will love! Excellent for a bonfire or football game too.
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Recipe type: Simple Dinner
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 48 oz of white, great northern or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of salsa (your favorite, red or green)
  • 2 cups of fat free chicken broth
  • 1 package or 1.25# lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup of Mexicorn (corn with red bell peppers and green chili, mild)
  • 1 cup of mozzarella
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except cheese and turkey, to a crock pot. Turn on crock to low.
  2. Brown turkey in a pan and transfer turkey to a WARM crock pot.
  3. Cook on LOW 4-6 hours. Can be cooked on buffet or warm setting for 8 hours.
  4. Spoon into bowles. Add cheese to each bowl along with a small dab of sour cream and a pinch of cilantro.

I was provided #Jennie-O ground turkey for review. The opinions are my own.

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Turkey Chili with Quinoa (Crock Pot)

The weather may be warming up outside, but we now have more things going on after school.  I still need to feed my family healthy meals but cannot be home to do so all the time.  I adapted this recipe from Jennie-O  with food that I had on hand.

I used organic beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, and quinoa with Jennie-O Lean Breakfast Sausage.  I cooked the sausage through and then added all the ingredients in my crock pot.  All of my ingredients were gluten free also, including Jennie-O’s sausage. Bonus!

Next time I think I will throw a half bottle of beer in also.  We completed our bowls with cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Turkey Chili with Quinoa in a Crock Pot

 

Turkey Chili with Quinoa (Crock Pot)
 
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Yummy Chili with a little healthy spin. Great for those week night meals when there is not time to cook. Gluten Free.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • Jennie-O Lean Breakfast Sausage or Ground Turkey (about 1 pound)
  • ½ onion chopped
  • ½ green pepper chopped
  • 1 Tb chili powder (may need ½ Tb more to taste)
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 3 c chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can Navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ c quinoa uncoooked
  • ½ cup of salsa
Instructions
  1. Cook turkey as specified on the package (depending on which product used)
  2. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat adding turkey, onion, green pepper, gar lic, chili powder.
  3. Transfer to slow cooker.
  4. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, salsa and quinoa to slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours or until chili thickens.
  6. Place chili into bowls.
  7. Serve with desired toppings; sour cream, cilantro, cheese.

 

The kids loved this.  It was prepared in 20 minutes with the rest of the cooking time done sitting in a crock pot while we did our running around.  We got home at 5:30p and dinner was waiting. You have gotta love that!  Enjoy!